Horsforth dad assaulted police officer in bedroom after row with wife

A man assaulted a police officer after his wife called police to their home in Horsforth following an argument, a court heard.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:00 am

Father-of-three Oliver Purdy injured the officer's hand during a scuffle as police tried to handcuff him in the bedroom at his home on Broadgate Lane at Horsforth, Leeds Magistrates' Court heard.

Prosecutor, Mahmood Awan said police were called at around 11am on New Year's Eve and tried to arrest Purdy, who was sat on a bed in a bedroom.

Mr Awan said 32-year-old Purdy pulled the officer down by his protective vest and the officer suffered a small cut to his hand during the scuffle.

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Mr Awan said the officer stated: "I understand being a police officer is a dangerous job, however I do not come to work to be assaulted."

Purdy, who has one previous conviction for drink driving, admitted assaulting an emergency worker.

John Wilkinson, mitigating, said: "They fully accept there had been an argument over money concerns, This has led to voices being raised.

"His partner was concerned to the extent she telephoned police."

Mr Wilkinson said Purdy's wife hoped police would take him away from the house to calm down.

Mr Wilkinson said: "Police came into the bedroom. My client indicates they stated they are going to immediately arrest him and they went to put handcuffs on him.

"He asked if he could have two minutes to clear his head. They said no and before he knows it they putting his hands up his back."

Mr Wilkinson said Purdy, who works as a wood veneerer, was pepper sprayed, adding: "His wife and his children saw him being forced into the street."

Mr Wilkinson said: "He apologises for what he has done."

Lead magistrate Amarjit Mann sentenced Purdy to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to the police officer.